Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12 at the new Coil School for the Arts facility. The featured concerts will showcase the RCC Jazz Ensembles and our guest artist, Alex Iles, trombone. Mr. Iles will also give a master class each day in the afternoon. Other master classes will also be offered both days by RCC Jazz Faculty.
All jazz festival events are open to the listening public free of charge.
Elementary School Big Band
Junior High/Middle School Novice Big Band
Junior High/Middle School Advanced Big Band
High School Novice Big Band
High School Intermediate Big Band
High School Advanced Big Band
High School Heavy Big Band
Elementary School Combo
Junior High/Middle School Combo
High School Combo
Outstanding Jazz Ensembles
Outstanding Jazz Combos
Outstanding Soloists & Musicians
Other information: Each group must perform one “straight ahead” swing tune. Other selections may be of any type of music, though we suggest selecting arrangements of a contrasting nature. Each ensemble receives a concert recording of their performance, recordings of adjudicator comments and adjudicator written comments.
ENTRY FEES: BIG BANDS $185.00 COMBOS $135.00
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Alex Iles, Trombonist & soloist, has enjoyed a varied and successful career in many musical settings. He is an active member of the musically diverse Southern California freelance performing and recording community.
Alex began his musical career while a student at UCLA, as a member of the Disneyland All American College Band. He has studied trombone privately with Roy Main, Ralph Sauer, Byron Peebles and Per Brevig. Since graduating from UCLA, he has gone on to enjoy his musical life as an in-demand trombonist/lowbrass performer.
Among the varied palette of artists with whom Alex has performed and/ or recorded are: Joe Cocker, James Horner, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Jackson, Zubin Mehta, The Tonight Show, Hans Zimmer, Johnny Mathis, Lalo Shiffrin, Natalie Cole, Danny Elfman, Ray Charles, Trevor Rabin, Harry Connick Jr., Robbie Williams,Henry Mancini, Josh Grobin, John Zorn, Terence Blanchard, John Williams, Fallout Boy, Johnny Mandel and Prince.
He has toured as lead and solo jazz trombonist with Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson. Today, he performs and records as a regular member of many of the top big bands and jazz groups in the Los Angeles area.
He has performed on The Motion Picture Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, The People's Choice Awards and hundreds of television series and motion picture soundtracks.
Alex has played in the pit orchestras of numerous Los Angeles productions of Broadway shows including: "The Lion King","Phantom of the Opera", "Chicago", "West Side Story", "The Producers" and "Wicked".
In the summer of 2001, Alex was one of sixteen trombonists from an international field chosen to participate in a 10 day orchestral/solo seminar hosted by New York Philharmonic Principal trombone virtuoso, Joe Alessi.
And in October, 2002 Alex was appointed principal trombonist of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as alto, tenor and bass trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The LA Chamber Orchestra.
Alex has been a faculty trombone and jazz instructor at the California Institute of the Arts . Azusa Pacific College and California State University, Northridge. He has appeared as a recitalist, guest soloist, and clinician at the with schools and organizations throughout the United States, including Indiana University, Oklahoma State University, The University of Southern California, and has been a featured artist at the International Trombone Festival. He is also an educational consultant and clinician for the the Disney Magic Music Days Program and Disney All-Amercican College Band Program.
Alex is a Conn/Selmer performing artist and plays King and Conn trombones.
Congratulations to all of the performers at the festival! There were wonderful performances everywhere.
In addition to the recap below, a few other awards went to:
Outstanding Sight-Reading, Middle School: Warm Springs MS (Award sponsored by Jazz Accents, Michelle Bolden)
Outstanding Sight-Reading, High School: Vista Murrieta HS (Award sponsored by Jazz Accents, Michelle Bolden)
Outstanding Sight-Reading Instructions to the Band, Darren Loney, Gahr HS (Award sponsored by Jazz Accents, Michelle Bolden)
Oustanding Middle School Student performer: Isiah Vogt, Townsend JrHS (Award sponsored by Music and Arts Center, Samantha Wheeler)
Oustanding High School Student performer: Tiger Diep, Vista Murrieta HS (Award sponsored by Music and Arts Center, Samantha Wheeler)